Sajid Nadiadwala comes forward to help lightman who ran out of work due to the lockdown

The Indian film & TV industry has been stalled ever since the lockdown, a lot of shoots have been affected majorly for both, movie and TV soaps. However, the major chunk who have got a hit are the daily wage artists like spot boys, setting team, light men, etc. One such story came into light to filmmaker Sajid Nadiadwala through an online article about Ghulam Sattar a Light-man from the industry had to see his worst days because of lockdown.

Ghulam, aged 54 had to leave industry due to a physical issue which pulled him back from working. Luckily, he recovered from the surgery with ample of struggles and decided to start working back in January only to realise that the pandemic has occurred and lockdown emerged. He was working as a lightman on the TV show Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai. The worker has been going through a very difficult time financially and to such an extent where he doesn’t have money even to afford food.

According to a source, “The film – maker had asked his manager to personally look into the matter and when Sattar was called by him, he couldn’t hold back his tears. He told his manager how they were struggling on daily basis for basic needs. Sajid came to an awareness of Sattar’s situation, he was baffled as he didn’t have money for food and that he would survive of people’s offerings of food. An amount of Rs. 10,000 was transferred to Sattar on immediate basis. Sattar isn’t the first who Sajid has helped, the filmmaker is taking care of 400 such workers who have been working on his film projects.”

We definitely need more people to come forward and help the needy in this hour of time.

2020-05-20 13:52:29

Silenced by virus, Met Opera comes together for virtual global gala

Javier Camarena was at his home in Zurich singing an aria from Bellini’s “Il Pirata” when the screen for the video feed split, and he was joined by Metropolitan Opera music di… .

2020-04-27 07:00:00

Annabelle Comes Home Was The Weakest In The Conjuring Spinoff Trilogy

The success of 2013’s The Conjuring has inspired its own ever-growing cinematic universe. The first spin-off film was Annabelle, which kicked off its own trilogy – Annabelle, Annabelle: Creation, and Annabelle Comes Home. Despite each of these films being at least fairly solid additions to the Conjuring universe, Annabelle Comes Home is certainly the weakest of the trilogy.

At this point in time, spin-offs of The Conjuring have come to fruition by taking a person or object in one of the previous films, and giving them their own story. The Annabelle franchise was inspired by a possessed doll that was featured in the opening of the first Conjuring movie.

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The Annabelle series explores the doll’s origins, leading up to its landing place in Ed and Lorraine Warren’s occult museum. The first film explores the doll’s journey leading to its eventual home with the Warrens. The sequel chronicles the literal creation of the doll, Annabelle. Annabelle Comes Home, the weakest of the bunch, is about the terror that the doll eventually wreaks on the Warren home, and takes an unusual angle that didn’t quite work.

For a film about the demonic doll Annabelle, Annabelle Comes Home tends to focus more on personal demons than the very real one haunting the Warrens’ home. The movie pivots inward to the inner struggles of its leading ladies — Judy, daughter of Ed and Lorraine Warren, and Daniela, friend of Judy’s babysitter. Judy struggles with the stigma of being the daughter of Ed and Lorraine Warren, and everything that entails. But the personal demons of Daniela, a character who does not really have a connection to the Warrens anyway, might wrongfully be at the forefront of this story.

Without a doubt, her story still is compelling. She was the driver in a car crash that led to her father’s death. The Warrens’ basement is full of spirits, albeit demonic ones. So naturally, she is drawn to that place to hopefully find a connection to her departed father. The scares in Annabelle Comes Home work around this story instead of letting the horror take the spotlight, as it should. And because of that, the scary moments were severely overshadowed.

Every movie in the Conjuring universe has true moments of terror. Whether it’s in the original franchise or an off-shoot like the Annabelle series, the moments of fear work because they all revolve around one truly demonic presence, which causes the scares to build. Annabelle Comes Home simply strays too far from that formula. Because of that, it suffered and became the weakest in the trilogy.

More: Does Annabelle Comes Home Have A Post-Credits Scene?

2020-02-17 02:02:26

Brynne Ramella

Saints Row IV: Re-Elected Comes to Nintendo Switch in March with 25 Pieces of DLC

Saints Row IV is coming to the Nintendo Switch this year, and it’s bringing a load of bonus content with it, as publisher Deep Silver announced a Switch port of the game today dubbed the Re-Elected edition, setting it for release this spring and revealing that it will come with all of the game’s rich and varied DLC. Originally released in 2013, Saints Row IV puts gamers into the customizable role of The Boss, the leader of the 3rd Street Saints gang, as he is elected President of the United States after thwarting a terrorist attack.

Unfortunately, an evil alien army led by the snobbish Overlord Zinyak soon invades Earth, forcing the Saints into action to free humanity from a Matrix-like virtual world and defeat the extraterrestrials controlling it. The game would continue the Saints Row series’ transition from a somewhat grounded Grand Theft Auto parody to an off-the-rails science fiction adventure, featuring full-blown superpowers, outlandish weapons like a gun that shoots dubstep music at enemies, a “Nolan North” voice option provided by the man himself, and a crazy cast of squadmates that saw the characters from previous games join forces with the likes of Keith David and Rowdy Roddy Piper – as in the actual real-life people, who even spoof their iconic fight scene from They Live! at one point.

Related: Saints Row 5: Everything We Want To See In The Sequel

According to Deep Silver’s press release earlier today, Saint’s Row IV: Re-Elected will be available as both a physical release and digital Nintendo eShop download for $39.99. In addition to the game’s main storyline, players will also get a total of 25 pieces of DLC that were previously released on other consoles. This includes two bonus campaigns, the “lost episode”-style Enter the Dominatrix and the holiday-themed The Saints Save Christmas, as well as all of the bonus weapons and costumes included in the Dubstep Gun (Remix) Pack, Presidential Pack and Commander-In-Chief Pack. Furthermore, players who pre-order the physical title at Gamestop will receive a special Saints Row Presidential Pin Badge Set. The game is set for release on March 27.

The Saints Row series had previously debuted on the Switch with last year’s Saints Row The Third: The Full Package edition, an update to the much-lauded 2011 third installment of the series. The re-release wound up receiving mixed reviews due to its aged gameplay and a number of technical hiccups, the most prominently discussed one being a drastic drop in framerate when the game is played while the console is in its “docked” mode.

There’s a real possibility that these issues could carry over to Saints Row IV: Re-Elected, but hopefully Deep Silver has learned its lessons porting the previous game to the Switch. Saints Row IV was an entertaining send-up of sci-fi films like Independence Day and The Matrix, and it would be a shame for Nintendo players to have their experience of this game marred by spotty performance. However, if these problems are fixed, a new audience of gamers will finally be able to enjoy on of the most unique open-world games of the current generation when Saints Row IV: Re-Elected comes to the Nintendo Switch on March 27.

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Saints Row IV: Re-Elected releases on March 27, 2020 for Nintendo Switch.

2020-02-04 02:02:46

J. Brodie Shirey

The Wonderful 101: Remastered Comes to Kickstarter | Screen Rant

The recent rumors regarding The Wonderful 101: Remastered were true, as PlatinumGames has launched a Kickstarter to bring the game to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Steam. The Wonderful 101 was an action-adventure game where the player controlled a massive team of superheroes called the Wonderful Ones, as they used their combined might to defeat enemies and save civilians.

The Wonderful 101 was developed by Platinum Games for the Nintendo Wii U in 2013, which was around the same time that Nintendo financed Bayonetta 2 for the system. The game received mostly positive reviews, but it didn’t sell well at the time, mostly due to the fact that the Wii U had such a small install base. The success of the Nintendo Switch has led to Nintendo porting many overlooked Wii U games to the Switch, with the remaster of Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE being the most recent example.

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The fans of PlatinumGames have expected a port of The Wonderful 101 for the Switch, especially following the success of Astral Chain and Bayonetta 3 being a Nintendo Switch exclusive. It seems that PlatinumGames has bigger plans for the franchise, as the company has launched a Kickstarter for The Wonderful 101: Remastered, with the aim of bringing the game to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Steam. As of the time of writing, the Switch and Steam ports have already been funded.

The Kickstarter project is hot on the heels of PlatinumGames receiving an investment from Tencent, which is part of a larger move into self-publishing. The Kickstarter FAQ addresses this question, stating that the plans for The Wonderful 101: Remastered happened before the investment was made. The FAQ confirms that most of the development on The Wonderful 101: Remastered is complete and that the additional funding is partly to help PlatinumGames self-publish the game and to finance free DLC for backers that will be released further down the line.

The current goals for The Wonderful 101: Remastered Kickstarter only include the three ports, but there are a number of rewards for backers. The strangest reward is for people who pledge ¥11,000 (around $100/£78), as they can choose to be blocked on Twitter by director Hideki Kamiya.

One of the last Nintendo Wii U exclusives is coming to Switch and it will be exposed to a far bigger audience than it had in 2013. Like Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE, The Wonderful 101 was cruelly overlooked in its time, but the rate at which the Kickstarter is currently being funded shows that people haven’t forgotten the Wonderful Ones, and they will be given their second chance at winning over fans around the world.

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The Kickstarter for The Wonderful 101: Remastered is live and will run until March 6, 2020. The game is expected to launch for its funded platforms in April 2020.

Source: Kickstarter

2020-02-03 02:02:53

Scott Baird

Better Call Saul: How Season 5 Comes Closer To Breaking Bad

In what ways will Better Call Saul season 5 continue the prequel’s intersection with Breaking Bad? The ascension (or the fall, depending on your perspective) of Walter White made Breaking Bad a cultural phenomenon and that legacy has been carried forward by the spinoff series, Better Call Saul. Winding the story back to 2002, 6 years before the era of Breaking Bad, the second series was originally touted as the backstory of Bob Odenkirk’s Saul Goodman, but has gradually come to encompass the entire Breaking Bad landscape.

As much as Better Call Saul charts Saul’s ascent (or, once again, descent), it also fleshes out the history of Jonathan Banks’ Mike, Giancarlo Esposito’s Gus Fring and the overall development of the New Mexico methamphetamine industry. One of the most intriguing parts of the spinoff is that each season of Better Call Saul begins to slip into familiar territory. The audience gradually sees the pieces of Breaking Bad‘s world fall into place, adding context to what fans already know and love.

Related: Why Better Call Saul Is Ending With Season 6

Better Call Saul is now confirmed to run for just 2 more seasons, so the definitive crossover point with Breaking Bad is very much in sight. Accordingly, the rapidly-approaching penultimate run takes viewers closer to the original series than ever before in terms of character debuts and development, as well as the various story arcs in play. Here’s how Better Call Saul is closer to Breaking Bad.

The central tenet of Better Call Saul as a predecessor to Breaking Bad is watching Jimmy McGill slowly transform into Saul Goodman, and small flashes of that have been present ever since the opening season. The very first time Jimmy used the Saul alias, his history as a conman told through flashbacks and the scams Jimmy runs in the modern day have all built towards the inevitable metamorphosis. But it wasn’t until Better Call Saul‘s season 4 finale that Jimmy seriously became Saul Goodman. While testifying at his appeal hearing, Jimmy dropped his principles and used his brother’s death to engineer his way to a positive outcome – and was proud of it afterwards, embracing the brash persona of Saul over the more sensitive Jimmy.

Better Call Saul season 5 represents a seismic shift in Jimmy’s character. Previously, Odenkirk’s character has always held on to some semblance of good. The audience knows Jimmy wants to become an honest, hard-working lawyer and he’s gone above and beyond to try and achieve that goal. But after 4 seasons of setbacks, Better Call Saul season 5 finally shows Jimmy officially practicing law as Saul. Any aspirations towards elder law have been dropped, and the plan for a joint practice with Kim are firmly set aside. Now Jimmy is solely focused on helping the criminals of Albuquerque walk free, regardless of whether they deserve to or not. Jimmy will also collaborate more regularly with Huell, one of his associates in Breaking Bad.

Better Call Saul‘s big Breaking Bad cast addition in season 5 is Hank Schrader, once again played by Dean Norris. The reintroduction of Hank is hugely welcome, but would’ve been difficult to pull off convincingly in the spinoff’s earlier seasons. As a DEA agent, Hank is the natural enemy of New Mexico’s drug lords butunlike in Breaking Bad, Jimmy McGill wasn’t entrenched in that murky world right away. Better Call Saul‘s initial episodes focused more on the title character’s flailing legal career, while Mike was easing himself gently into a life of illegality. Hank’s arrival in Better Call Saul season 5 is a sure sign that the emphasis of the show has shifted and the danger is mounting.

Related: Better Call Saul: Where Kim Could Be In Breaking Bad

Not only is Mike now neck deep in the narcotics trade, but Jimmy’s newfound career as Saul brings him into direct contact with the cartel, offering a more natural entry point for Hank. Furthermore, the investigative work Hank undertakes in Better Call Saul could feed directly into his determination to catch Heisenberg in Breaking Bad. If Hank is now setting his sights on the Salamanca family and the mysterious puppet master than he has no idea is the local chicken restaurant owner, this neatly sets up Hank’s role as Tom to Walter White’s Jerry, as played out in Breaking Bad.

Although the transition is more subtle, Better Call Saul is as much about Mike’s introduction into criminality as it is Jimmy’s. The jaded ex-cop starts out taking some shady odd jobs, but steers clear of anything that could bring too much heat upon his family – ferrying some drugs here, intimidating a guy there. Just like Walt and Jimmy, however, personal attachments and the lure of good money draws Mike deeper into the criminal underworld, and the emergence of Gus Fring has provided him with a rich new source of work. Mike’s calm and collected approach was always at odds with the more hot-headed Salamancas, but Gus is a man after his own heart, cautious and considered.

In Better Call Saul season 4, Mike became involved with Gus Fring, and was asked to oversee the excavation project that’ll eventually lead to the construction of a meth super-lab. Mike agrees, but the dig doesn’t go to plan when the lead architect launches an escape attempt, and Mike is forced to execute the runaway Werner. This was undoubtedly a watershed moment, since Werner was not only a civilian, but someone Mike personally liked, and his killing marks a point of no return for Jonathan Banks’ character. Where does Mike go next? Deeper down the rabbit hole, of course, and Better Call Saul season 5 sees him under Gus’ employ in a fuller capacity.

In Breaking Bad, Gus Fring’s meth empire outgrows the confines of Don Eladio’s cartel, and Gus eventually wields enough power to have the head of the operation cut off, standing tall as the sole kingpin. In Better Call Saul, however, Gus is introduced very much still under the thumb of Eladio, and the chicken man’s big early victory was merely bringing the Don more cash than the Salamanca family. In Better Call Saul season 5, however, Gus is in a position far closer to where the audience finds him in Breaking Bad.

Related: Breaking Bad Season 4 Had A Clever X-Files Easter Egg

Giancarlo Esposito’s character has already taken advantage of dissent among the Salamancas to establish himself as the chief distributor in the territory, but his workings are now being disrupted by a Lalo-shaped spanner. Between the inexperienced Nacho and the incapacitated Hector, the Salamanca family was ripe for the taking, but the emergence of the shrewd and dangerous Lalo threatens to drive the famous name back to prominence. Better Call Saul season 5 will undoubtedly see Lalo continue to investigate and fight back against the Gus Fring takeover, but if Gus can overcome that final Salamanca salvo, he’ll be in more or less the same position as he was when first introduced in Breaking Bad.

One of Breaking Bad‘s most popular memes was Hector Salamanca and his bell. Left badly injured as a result of a botched assassination attempt, Hector can only communicate via use of a bell throughout his time in Breaking Bad, and this made the character somewhat of an unintentional icon for the show. Better Call Saul explores Hector’s life before the incident that left him wheelchair-bound and reveals how the former cartel member came to be in such a poor state of health. Towards the end of Better Call Saul‘s fourth season, the audience learns that Lalo was the one who gave Hector his bell, and this sets up the Hector Breaking Bad fans know and love in time for season 5.

That Better Call Saul season 5 will feature Hector frantically dinging his trademark bell is a firm indication that the prequel is now rapidly encroaching onto Breaking Bad‘s territory. As well as being a symbol of the Salamanca family’s fall and Gus Fring’s rise, viewers will see how Hector adjusts to his enforced new mode of communication, and how those around him now view the patriarch, especially in light of Lalo’s arrival. It may not be an integral piece of the story, but Hector and his bell is another part of the Breaking Bad puzzle Better Call Saul season 5 moves into place.

More: One Of Breaking Bad’s Best Scenes Became An Out Of Control Prank

Better Call Saul season 5 premieres with “Magic Man” February 23rd on Netflix.

2020-02-01 01:02:53

Craig Elvy

Coronavirus Comes to USA with 5 Confirmed Cases in 4 States

After claiming the lives of over 100 people and spreading to roughly 15 countries, the coronavirus has officially breached US soil. There are now five confirmed cases in a current total of four different states.

On January 21, 2020, the first incident involving the viral respiratory illness known as the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, MERS-CoV, or simply  the coronavirus, was reported. The outbreak started in Wuhan, China, and it has since affected just under 6,000 individuals in China alone, spreading into a number of other countries. To date, 132 people have died due to complications brought on by the virus, according to the World Health Organization. Now, as of January 29, there have been five confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (via: NBC News).

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As of now, there have been five reported cases in the US related to the coronavirus. NBC News has released a map of the United States highlighting the confirmed coronavirus cases, and will be updating in real-time in the event of additional cases. The locations of the confirmed cases include Everett, Washington; Los Angeles County, California; Orange County, California; Maricopa County, California; and Chicago, Illinois. Take a look at the map below to see the affected areas:

One of the more unusual incidents related to the coronavirus outbreak is the spike in sales for the mobile game Plague Inc. The player’s objective in the game is to infect the world with various diseases – one of which is even the “Simian Flu” from Planet of the Apes. Already a popular game on mobile devices, sales have reportedly skyrocketed. In fact, according to a statement from the game’s developer, Ndemic Creations, this tends to happen any time there is a global viral outbreak. However, a statement on the websites insists that the game is not intended to sensationalize “serious real-world issues;” instead, the basis of the game is meant to inform, especially for people who want “to find out more about how diseases spread and to understand the complexities of viral outbreaks,” especially after a real-life outbreak.

As for the coronavirus in the US, despite the fact that there have been confirmed cases, it’s important to mention that there have also been a considerable amount of reported cases that ultimately turned out to be negative – 68, to be exact. As of now, it’s more or less a waiting game to see how/if other infections develop, and how the US will ultimately respond to prevent the outbreak from spreading any further.

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Source: NBC News, WHO

2020-01-29 07:01:17

Danny Salemme

It Comes At Night: Why The “Horror” Movie Divided Audiences & Critics

Despite receiving rave reviews from critics, A24’s 2017 film It Comes at Night proved much less popular with horror fans and audiences overall. In recent years, A24 has become well known for its critically acclaimed output, and its horror films have been no different. 2019’s Midsommar, 2018’s Hereditary, and 2016’s The Witch all earned widespread applause from critics. Whether these films hit with audiences has been much more mixed, especially among the horror faithful. The segment of horror fandom that prefers gore, nudity, and fast-paced scares tends to leave A24’s fright flicks unsatisfied, focusing as they do on slow burn terror and character-based stories.

Another among this ilk was It Comes at Night, written and directed by Trey Edward Schults, who most recently helmed the positively reviewed coming-of-age drama Waves. It Comes at Night holds an 87 percent critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which is exceptionally high for a horror film. Noticeably though, It Comes at Night‘s audience score is a much lower 44 percent, making the divide between critics and moviegoers quite apparent.

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Sporting a game cast, good production values despite a low budget, and a story not content to simply imitate other horror successes, It Comes at Night really should be more widely beloved. So why isn’t it? One reason sticks out above the rest.

It Comes at Night‘s trailers instantly drew interest from both horror fans and audiences at large, and by all appearances seemed to promise some kind of creature feature, or demonic possession tale. What was the “it” that comes at night? What was up with the screaming old man with the black eyes? These questions were teased, amid lots of quick cuts and jump scares. This was especially true of the more vague teaser, but even the later full trailer didn’t clarify much, other than that some sickness was taking hold in people, and still made things look fast-paced and thrilling.

The problem was that the film A24’s marketing sold was not the film audiences got. It Comes at Night was by no means a fast-paced suspense tale, and was instead a brooding, meditative look at how the spread of an incurable virus causes humans to fall apart, and turn on each other. Most of the scary images in the trailer were from dream sequences, and there were no creatures or anything clearly supernatural to be found, just man’s endless capacity for selfish, inhuman behavior. One can’t blame audiences for being bothered by this kind of bait and switch, even if It Comes at Night is a pretty good film on its own terms.

More: It Comes At Night’s Ending Explained

2020-01-29 02:01:06

Michael Kennedy

THE LAST GOD’s Fantasy World Comes To Dungeons & Dragons

DC’s first fantasy series under its new Black Label prestige imprint, The Last God, is a showcase for what the fledgling brand has to offer: visceral storytelling, spectacular visuals, and uncompromising horror. The series’ hallmark, however, is the world-building. From the opening scene The Last God weaves together unreal magic and authentic culture, creating a setting where every element feels like the product of centuries of living history. And this April, DC Comics will release a one-shot titled The Last God: Tales from The Book of Ages, an official sourcebook dedicated to laying out the world of Cain Anuun, providing stats that you can bring to your own Dungeons & Dragons table.

Tales from the Book of Ages features the same creative team as the main series: creator/writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson (Dog Days of Summer, Warlords of Appalachia), illustrator Riccardo Federici (Aquaman, Cursed Comics Cavalcade), and cover artist Kai Carpenter (Books of Magic, Hellblazer). In addition to the mainstays, the book will include maps and illustrations from cartographer Jared Blando, who has produced maps of fantasy worlds for Wizards of the Coast and Forbidden Games, as well as roleplaying content from Dan Telfer, host and Dungeon Master for the Nerd Poker podcast.

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The 40-page special, which DC’s announcement refers to as a “sourcebook” to emphasize its focus on RPG content, is described as “5E compatible.” This means that the new races, items, etc., aren’t official content playtested by Dungeons & Dragons publishers Wizards of the Coast, but are designed to work within the rules of D&D Fifth Edition, the newest and most popular version of the game. The announcement lists “playable races, subclasses, magic items, monsters, and more,” which suggests that it will offer a large amount of content geared toward both DMs and players alike. These options are best suited to be combined into a full campaign that takes place in The Last God’s Cain Annun setting, but will likely be easily adapted to established D&D worlds such as 5E default The Forgotten Realms, your personal group’s homebrew setting, or even the Wildemount region explored in Critical Role.

While details are forthcoming on the mechanical content provided by Tales from the Book of Ages, fans of the series can likely guess what the sourcebook has in store. While the book’s major humanoid groups are easily mapped to D&D core races (elves, dwarves, and humans), the subclasses have more potential to add variety to a character. PCs will likely be offered entry to the Guild Eldritch band of necromancers, the elite Ferrymen and their Aelvan “spellsongs,” and the human users of teymsong, which can calm and command beasts. While the bearlike, intelligent ursulon is bound to be defined with statistics as a potential enemy or friendly mount, the Flowering Dead monsters featured in The Last God create far more terrifying possibilities. The titular “Last God” would make a perfect epic-level threat.

Historically, comics that provide material for roleplaying games are rare outside of licensed tie-ins to existing RPG properties like Pathfinder. The popularity of tabletop roleplaying has surged in recent years, which makes the “one-shot sourcebook” format a refreshing new way to deliver additional content. For anyone who has wanted to inhabit the worlds of their favorite comic book series and create new stories there, the possibility of more books like this is tantalizing. Fans can call ahead to their local comic book shop to pre-order their own copy, and check out the full solicitation details below:

  • card stock cover by KAI CARPENTER
  • To look upon the Book of Ages is to know the world of Cain Anuun’s past, present, and perhaps even its future. Long believed to be the first text ever recorded, the Book of Ages contains the most complete history of Cain Anuun’s peoples and their gods.
  • Welcome to the official sourcebook to the world of The Last God, detailing the rich history of its peoples, locations, schools of magic, a bestiary of the creatures found throughout Cain Anuun, and much more.
  • In this amazing one-shot, writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson joins forces with Dan Telfer (dungeon master of the Nerd Poker podcast) to bring you 5E compatible content for playable races, subclasses, magic items, monsters, and more that you can use in your favorite tabletop role-playing game, accompanied by epic illustrations by Riccardo Federici and Kai Carpenter, as well as new maps and illustrations from master cartographer Jared Blando.
  • In this “Book of Ages, you’ll find everything to provide readers with a deeper understanding of the world of Cain Anuun, while also giving tabletop gamers everything they need to build campaigns and adventures within The Last God.

DC Black Label’s The Last God: Tales from The Book of Ages is set to release on April 29th, 2020.

More: DC’s LAST GOD #2 Turns Its Hero King Into a Nightmare

Source: DC Comics

2020-01-18 02:01:54

Sean Finley

Will Smith Comes to Bad Boys Co-Star Gabrielle Union’s Defense After America’s Got Talent Firing

Will Smith came to Bad Boys co-star Gabrielle Union’s defense after her America’s Got Talent firing. The 51-year-old actor is one of many celebrities who have taken up Union’s cause since details of her contentious time on the show have leaked.

Smith took to the red carpet Wednesday for the premiere of his new animated film, Spies in Disguise. He spoke with Extra about the reported five-hour meeting that Union had with NBC executives last Tuesday. The meeting was to discuss the myriad issues Union encountered in her only season as a judge on America’s Got Talent, as well as the circumstances which may have contributed to her termination. Smith, who has also championed race relations in the past when he launched a boycott of the Academy Awards ceremony in 2016 due to its lack of diversity, didn’t hesitate to lend support to his former co-star.

Related: Julianne Hough Supports Gabrielle Union’s Meeting With America’s Got Talent & NBC

“Well, I mean, we have to speak out. When people have issues, you have to, you know, let it be known, you have to bring it to the light,” he said, adding, “I haven’t spoken to Gabrielle, so I don’t know the specifics, but, you know, any time there’s an issue, it’s better out than in.” Meanwhile, Union addressed her followers on Twitter, breaking her silence about the discussion.

“We had a lengthy 5-hour, and what I thought to be, productive meeting yesterday. I was able to again, express my unfiltered truth. I led with transparency and my desire and hope for real change,” Union tweeted. This latest development has resulted in NBC launching a formal investigation into America’s Got Talent. Some of the allegations likely to be pored over are Simon Cowell’s indoor smoking, inappropriate comments made about race from guest judge Jay Leno, unfair bias towards Caucasian contestants, as well as multiple notes reprimanding Union and possibly former fellow judge Julianne Hough for their hair and makeup choices. Coincidentally, Smith was also a star of an NBC show; Fresh Prince of Bel Air ran on the network from 1990-1996. Although there’s no evidence to support that he experienced the same problems that Union did on her show, he and other celebrities, including Ellen Pompeo, Howard Stern, Debra Messing, and Sharon Osbourne have been vocal about their frustration over Union’s alleged treatment.

Even after their years as co-stars have passed, it’s inspiring to see Will Smith stick up for Gabrielle Union following her untimely departure from America’s Got Talent. Both of these Hollywood A-listers have experienced a time in their careers when they fought for a cause and paid the price. Both encountered a great deal of media coverage in the process, but their respective sacrifices have since paved the way for deeper understanding within their industry. Although he admits that he’s yet to do so, hopefully Smith will reach out to Union and brainstorm ways that they can continue to fight for justice and equality in Hollywood. Who knows? Maybe Tinseltown’s next great duo will be Union and Smith behind the scenes, as opposed to on camera, the way we love them.

Next: Simon Cowell’s Company Speaks Out After Gabrielle Union’s America’s Got Talent Firing

Source: Extra, Gabrielle Union

2019-12-09 02:12:30

Ebony March